The Oakland Athletics enter 2018 with hopes that last year’s post All-Star break success will carry over. The A’s went 35-37 in the second half of the season, proving they are no longer basement dwellers in the American League. Billy Beane has constructed what he expects to be another playoff caliber roster filled with underrated and unproven players.
Oakland re-signed slugger Khris Davis to a 1 year, $10.5 million deal in the off-season. Davis had a monstrous year in 2017, with 43 home runs and 110 RBI’s. His 43 home runs led everyone in Major League Baseball not named Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge. Along with Davis, second baseman Jed Lowrie and outfielder Matt Joyce are the two most experienced hitters in the lineup. Behind the plate, Bruce Maxwell hopes to improve in his first full season as the starting catcher. Last year’s rookie sensation Matt Olson will look to continue last season’s power surge. In just 59 games in the big leagues, Olson hit an astounding 24 home runs. Olson hit a rookie record 13 home runs in the month of September, including a long ball in five consecutive games. The former first round draft pick is a major part of Billy Beane’s future plans.
Oakland’s young pitching staff will need to improve for the A’s to take the next step in 2018. Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea, Paul Blackburn, Jharel Cotton, and Daniel Gossett are slotted in as the Opening Day starting pitchers. Oakland’s youth movement is in full effect, as the 27-year old Gravemen is the oldest starting pitcher of the group. The A’s young roster is led by manager Bob Melvin, who was granted a contract extension in the off-season and is entering his 8th full season as manager.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has a number of luxury suite options. Most A’s suites will accommodate groups of 14 to 24 guests. Club Suites are located in the infield, while Loge Suites are located in the outfield on both the East and West sides of the stadium. With an Oakland Athletics luxury box, guests will also receive VIP parking passes. Luxury suites will feature HDTVs, comfortable interior seating, upscale furnishings, and a dedicated suite attendant. Experiencing an A's game from a luxury suite offers the perfect opportunity to entertain clients or host family members.